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Anti Static Equipment - How much and is it essential?

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Found 30th May 2007
Hi

I have posted before about building a pc from scratch or from components from my current pc.

Anyway looking at this website at the moment

buildyourown.org.uk/

On the site this quote interested me.

Collect together the necessary tools nearby, such that they are close to hand. It is advisable at this stage to set up your anti-static precautions.

I have had a look around for anti static equipment and ranges from a wrist band say from maplin at £5 to anti static mats for like £20.

I am curious is it essential in your opinion to have this equipment? Do i need both the mat and the wrist band? And if so other than maplin can anyone give me a general idea where i can purchase these items.

Thanks in advance for any help.

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Anti static precautions are essential, you must be grounded while handling memory or other sensitive components to prevent static damage.

Static damage to memory particularly is often the cause of unexplained crashes and system instability.

However you do not need to buy anything. Simply fit the power supply into your case first, plug it in (but do not turn it on) hold the case (the metal bits obviously) and Robert's your fathers brother you are grounded.

This works as cases will earth (or should, any cases/PSU's from a reputable brand will) via the PSU to prevent static build up etc.

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Thanks for the info meglomaniac.

Top advice there mega ;-)

Generally, its best to avoid touching the circuit boards and contacts as much as possible, although occasional contact is inevitable. Also keep the anti-static bags that your motherboard/hard-drive/graphics card come in case you return them etc.

as long as you are "grounded" to the case, there's no real need (IMO) to attach mains earth, in fact, I would probably deliberately not do this, as our mains earth is filthy ! I use 2 poles stuck into the back garden, one for the PC system, and another for my HiFi.

g8ina

as long as you are "grounded" to the case, there's no real need (IMO) to … as long as you are "grounded" to the case, there's no real need (IMO) to attach mains earth, in fact, I would probably deliberately not do this, as our mains earth is filthy ! I use 2 poles stuck into the back garden, one for the PC system, and another for my HiFi.



Sorry but to clarify: for that to work the case would have to be grounded to something (poles or otherwise :giggle: - the mains is an easy one though), electricity wont flow unless it has somewhere to flow to (and it will always tend to go to ground)....if the case isn't grounded in some way it has nowhere to flow, you'd just be creating loop circuit between yourself and the case, not actually discharging the electricity.
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